Price From $159
'Hood Wrigleyville, six blocks south of Wrigley Field and its surrounding sports bars, reggae clubs, and restaurants. The neighborhood is a short cab ride from Chicago's famous theaters (including Briar Street Theatre, home of the Blue Man Group) and a block from Boystown, the city's widely recognized gay neighborhood.
First Impression From the outside, the hotel looks unremarkableeven a little drabbut inside, you'll find surprisingly well-maintained rooms and a friendly, professional staff. The Belmont stop on the elevated train (the El) is roughly a block away; it's a brief 20- to 30-minute ride to most downtown attractions.
The Rooms Clean and spare. For more, book one of the suites, which have generous sitting rooms adjacent to the bedrooms.
Plus Boutique shops, tiny eateries, and the nearby Vic Theatre make for a lively neighborhood.
Minus The hotel is sandwiched between buildings; you won't have a view.
Free Wi-Fi? Yes, in all rooms and public spaces.
Credit Cards Accepted Visa, MC, AmEx, Discover, Diners Club.
Details Doubles from $159.